By Juliana Sukut
Billings Gazette 

Aligning with national network increases mobility and decreases social isolation


August 27, 2020

Casey Page, Billings Gazette

Therese Picasso-Edwards, center, and Stephen Kalb-Koenigsfeld, left, of the Red Lodge Community Foundation, and foundation board member Don Redfoot stand on Broadway in Red Lodge on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

Carbon County is mostly rural. Coupled with its older population, and considering the current pandemic, social isolation worries Therese Picasso-Edwards.

"[Seniors] just didn't feel that they are in the county-wide loop," Picasso-Edwards, the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation program director, said.

Carbon County has been working to increase mobility for senior citizens and decrease social isolation after it joined a nationwide age-friendly initiative.

The county is one of two localities in Montana working with AARP's Age-Friendly Network, a network of more than 450 communities in the U.S...

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